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There is new hope for addiction recovery

February 12, 2012
By CATHY BROWNFIELD - Family Recovery Center , Salem News

How do you feel when you accomplish something you never dreamed you would do? Can you imagine how it must feel to recover from addiction and find a whole new life that you didn't expect to find?

When you listen to the graduates of Fleming House speak about the requirements to be in the program, the commitments that need to be made to achieve success, you know there is hope. When you see their new confidence, the tears glistening in the corners of their eyes, the tears that cause a catch in their voices, you know that with the right help, a plan to live by and a good support system, anyone can succeed.

Women in recovery from addiction are learning a new way of life at Fleming House. They learn to cope with their problems in constructive, rather than destructive, ways. They learn how to provide a happy, healthy environment for their children and themselves and get to know the real person inside, among other things.

"You know what you're committing to when you sign on the dotted line," said one former resident.

This article isn't just about the big yellow house behind McDonald's. It's about voices of recovery, and speaking out for addiction recovery.

"With the 2012 election season heating up, recovery community organizations and allies are mobilizing their members and local residents to exercise our civil rights and responsibilities, and we've been reminded of how important it is to be engaged in our nation's civic life," advises The Partnership at and Join Together. The partners say concerns are for the ways in which drug testing is used and getting the right care for people who want and need it. Everyone does not get treatment for addiction.

There are 20 million Americans in recovery from addiction. Many face obstacles that prevent them getting an education, a good job, a driver's license, or to vote.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shares the following facts about substance abuse:

Half of all adults 18+ know someone in recovery from addiction to alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription drugs.

The majority of Americans believe that treatment programs can help people with substance addictions and that people can recover and live productive lives.

Right here in Columbiana County we are seeing people recover from addiction, get their lives turned around, get a college education or job training, and succeed. Not everyone accomplishes it on the first try. Beating addiction is hard work. Eliminating the stigma of addiction is an ongoing issue. Drug addiction is a complex disease. Quitting takes more than will power to just do it.

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) tells us that drugs change the brain resulting in compulsive drug abuse. Costs for substance abuse in the U.S. (including productivity, health and crime, says NIDA are $181 billion, illicit drugs; $193 billion, tobacco; and $235 billion for alcohol. Those figures don't include what addiction has done to the family: child abuse, domestic violence, failure in school, loss of jobs and the family crumbling.

For more information about the education, prevention and treatment programs offered at Family Recovery Center, contact us at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468 or email at FRC promotes the well being of individuals, families and communities and is funded, in part, by ODADAS (Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services).



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